June 2019
Volume XII, Issue 6
Safe Harbor Fun Fact

Families have adopted more than one Safe Harbor Lab!

Featured Lab

Click on the photo to learn about our available Labs!
Volunteers and Fosters

Welcome New Volunteers!
Megan Hessee and Mark Kaune - Foster Family

Have fun, make Lab-loving friends and help the Labs!
Join one of our volunteer teams:  Foster, Transport (if you need a little occasional "fur time"), Events or Adoption Support as a reference checker. Our volunteers have their own special Facebook page to get acquainted, share stories, pictures and info.

Click here to learn more and apply to join us!

 Thank You!

The Labs sent a tail waggin' Thank You to Elsa and Tanner V. who asked their friends to make a donation to Safe Harbor rather than bring gifts for their 11th birthday!  Their family adopted handsome Zephyr from us last year.

 Upcoming Events:

Stop by and say "Hi" to the Safe Harbor Volunteers and our Foster Labs at one of the following M eet and Greet events:

When:  Saturday, June 8
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Chuck and Don's Arvada
14947 Candelas Parkway
Arvada, CO 80007

When:  Sunday, June 30
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Bentley's Pet Stuff
12393 W. 64th Avenue 
Arvada, CO 80004

When:  Saturday, July 13
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Chuck and Don's Arvada
14947 Candelas Parkway
Arvada, CO 80007

When:  Sunday, September 8
Time: TBD
Where: Pearl Street Farmers Market
South Pearl Street 
Denver, CO 

When:  Saturday, September 14
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Chuck and Don's Arvada
14947 Candelas Parkway
Arvada, CO 80007

 Safe Harbor's LabFest 2019
When:  Saturday, August 24
Time:  11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where:   City Bark 
2000 West 8th Ave
Denver, CO  80204

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Safe Harbor Lab Rescue's mission is to rescue and successfully rehome stray, abandoned or surrendered Labrador Retrievers giving priority to those in Colorado.  We partner with professionals to provide medical care, training resources and breed education.
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Dear Friends of Safe Harbor Lab Rescue,  

The Dog Days of Summer are almost here! These are days made for mountain hikes, lounging on the deck with our peeps, swims in creeks, a good long toast in the sunshine, having an extra burger on the grill just for us and being treated to Frosty Paws for a cool treat. Speaking of cool, please remember not to leave us in the car no matter how quick you think you'll return. Even with the car windows down and a bowl of water, the temp in the car can quickly shoot up high enough to put us in serious jeopardy in a very short time.

Another way to be cool, stay cool, and help the rescued Labs this summer is to join us poolside for Safe Harbor's LabFest 2019 on August 24. Check out the details below!

~The Safe Harbor Labs

Safe Harbor Lab Rescue's LabFest 2019: Have an Amazingly Good Time AND Help the Labs!
Safe Harbor Lab Rescue's LabFest 2019 is THE Lab Party of the year and it's coming up on Saturday, August 24, at City Bark in Denver, and now the Labs are ready to take your reservation ! Not only is it the ultimate "Labrador-lollapolooza" of fun, but it's our major annual fundraiser for our rescued Labs' medical expenses that run about $150,000 per year. Dogs can swim in the pool and their Humans can visit with other Lab lovers while enjoying picnic food provided by Great Range Bison and Meir's Deli.  And don't forget the ever popular and amazing Silent Auction that helps make LabFest a successful fundraiser for the Labs!
Our annual LabFest is a well-attended event by Lab lovers and Safe Harbor supporters. If you like to be a recognized financial sponsor or donate an item to the Silent Auction, please contact our  LabFest Committee.

Secure your spot and register now!

2020 Calendar Photo Contest: Deadline June 15, 2019
Yikes . . . Don't miss it! Time's ticking away faster than a wagging Lab's tail.
  Click HERE to enter your goofy, gorgeous, or gallivanting Lab!

Dear Labby: Let's Go, Go, Go!
Photo courtesy of Kateri Nelson, all rights reserved.
Advice on all matters Labby for both four and two-legged folks.

Dear Labby, 

With the nice weather coming up I can't wait to get out and do some hiking, running and camping with my dad! He's been going to the gym all winter while I've been watching TV on the couch 'til he gets home. I'll admit it; I'm a little out of shape but ready for some Colorado summer outdoor action. My dad says: "Whoa, my co-pilot friend. We need to start out slow."   What the heck is he talking about . . . I'm a Lab and do nothing slow!
~Zoomer B.

Dear Zoomer~

Ah, the Siren call of spring and being out with our Peeps! Active outdoor adventures are hugely fun for us, and your dad is a wise one to make sure you're ready for them. With a little planning and forethought, you'll both be safe and healthy for many miles together. Sore paws, achy joints or muscles and panting 'til you drop are no fun. Check out this great link  How to Exercise Your Lab   together. Then bring your dad his running shoes or hiking boots, and grab your leash!

Love, Labby

Safe Harbor Foster Family Training Seminar: They Came, They Sat, They Stayed!

Twenty-three current fosters, volunteers and interested Lab lovers attended our Safe Harbor Lab Rescue Foster Training Seminar presented by Ted Terroux  on May 19 th . We all came away with great info for both ends of the leash!
"I thought the training yesterday was wonderful and I did get some good ideas for the future. I also made connections with fosters Lisa and Linda from Arvada since we live close. ~Pat McC

"Thanks to you and Sarah O. for arranging this training for us Fosters. It was very informative. There is so much to it, plus means and methods change with time, so a refresher is always important. ~Jane A

"Thank you for offering the seminar. I learned some good techniques for doing introductions. Very helpful."  ~Linda T.

New Beginnings: Jake
Susan and Jim realized they were ready to put the Lab back in their lives when they saw five-year-old Jake's oh-so-handsome mug smiling out at them from our website page, and the rest is history. It wasn't long before Jake officially joined the family, and the music created by joyful Lab pawsteps once again filled their home.  

Jake's new mom tells us:

Our house had seemed like a tomb since we lost our last Lab, sweet Aggie.  It has just been the two of us for the last few years.  In the meantime, we busied ourselves transporting rescues across Oklahoma and Kansas.  It just so happened that Jim and I had a trip planned to the Denver area, and two labs from Oklahoma were headed that way to SHLR, we gladly offered to transport them to Aurora.  Curiosity led us to your website and there he was, Boysen Berry, aka Jake, looking at us with his beautiful eyes, and we immediately fell in love! We proceeded to fill out an application and hoped we still had a chance. His foster, Connie, called us that evening!  A week later we met Jake and instantly knew he was the guy for us. We drove ten hours home and Jake never whined, cried, or barked! I kept reassuring him, "I promise you are not spending the rest of your life in this van!"

Here it is a month later and our country boy is living the city life in Wichita, Kansas! Jake goes everywhere with us.  He loves his walks, car rides and meeting everyone in the neighborhood.  Oh, and he loves chasing his tennis balls! Once on a walk, he started tugging really hard on his lead.  We couldn't figure out what he wanted until we saw a yard full of tennis balls! His evenings are spent cuddling on the couch with us.  Five-year-old Jake is so loving, an incredibly handsome fellow, blindingly smart and very curious. Right now I can see his nose peeking and sniffing over the kitchen counter!  

We love his Lab energy and he has brought life back into our house. His typical Lab antics have us laughing and active again. He is everything Connie promised and so much more.  Jim and I look at one another and realize, "We have won the lottery!"  Thank you SHLR for loving and getting Jake healthy until we arrived to bring him home with us.  Our hearts are full again.

Susan, Jim and Jake 

P.S. Jake passed the Kansas thunder and lightning test with a simple sigh, rolled over and fell back to sleep!

Many thanks to Connie for fostering Jake/Boysen Berry and working your magic to help him become a healthy and happy boy again.